Once again on Friday morning we headed south towards Newport. Our first stop was to visit my cousin Leona in Chehalis, then on to Rundi’s for the night.
Rundi has a new job at KATU-TV channel 2 in Portland so she can now spend weekends with family.
Breakfast at the Wilsonville Sonic
Then to the high school in Newport to watch Ella’s soccer game. She is a starter and about 1 minute into the game she does a great “Header”. Only problem it was not her choice. One of the players on the other team made a great hard kick but Ella blocked it with the side of her head.
but only for a couple of plays
They played hard
Constantly on the watch
They won 4 – 3 and beat a team that was undefeated for the past two seasons. The winning goal was kicked (by wait for it now) a member of the other team, the players first ever goal and into the wrong net. Heh it is still a “W”.
Then to pick up Reegan who was up at her school helping build and paint the scenery for an up coming school play. She cannot be in the play as she will be at “6th Grade Outdoor School” when the play is performed. A quick stop at McDonald’s as Reegan was “starving to death”. Now back to Harlyn & Cari’s to wait for the rest of the family to get home. After the soccer game Ella had a piano Sibelius exam Her first one and according to the tester “She Aced It”
A great BBQ by Harlyn, some great salads (we all helped with these) then to the important part. Gifts
We are not quite ready
Monopoly and Operation with a twist
A Lego book “Brick of Mormon Stories”
I think this is all
Of course not trip to the farm is complete with out a visit from a chicken
The 3 not so little pigs
If you have bacon you need eggs
These eggs are from the big chickens but for her birthday Reegan got some Bantams.
I think six total
and one last photo
Back to Rundi’s and then home again jiggy jig.
Friday morning Barbara and I headed south to Rundi’s on our way to Newport and beyond. We left Rundi’s at O’dark thirty ( 4:30 AM) and headed towards Newport. Weather forecast was 3 – 5″ of rain and 50 – 70- MPH winds. And for once the weather man was right. Lots of rain and branches on the roads.
First stop was the Isaac Newton Magnet School
Activity was the local 4-H showing of rabbits, chickens and cavy’s ( Guinea Pigs)
Reegan was showing her rabbit “Sophie”
But before the judging started we were off to the Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC)
to watch Ella and her piano recital at “Jungle Jam”
First a duet with her dad
Then her solo
Now Ella, her mom, Barbara & Rundi take off for the Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville (more to follow about that) Then the rest of us, including Grandma and Grandpa Welch and aunt Lindsay, head back to Reegan’s school for the judging of her “Sophie”
Here is the judge
Home to Harlyn and Cari’s for a quick break while Reegan changes clothes then we all head back to the OCCC for Reegan’s performances at “Jungle Jam”. First an amazing solo of “Amazing Grace”
Then we get entertained by Reegan and her friend Jillian with a duet of “Sisters”
After this I get into Hi Ho Silver and head towards McMinnville while the rest go back to the finish of the rabbit show.
I meet up with Ella and her posse to pick up Barbara & Rundi and get to see the fruits of Ella’s activities
We continue north to Rundi’s and the others head south to meet up with the rest of their family
All got home safely
This year Australia Day fell on a Monday so we combined our “Empty Nester’s” FHE with Barbara’s annual Australia Day Party.
The whole invited started with a you tube video introducing this Gala
Then came the decorations
All kinds of animal crossing warnings,
and of course
The flag was posted
Food and drink are ready
Drinks of course
And now were are ready for the guests
Now for the important part
Great time had by all with the night being capped off with a report on each person featured in the invite video. You can Google them to find out if you are interested
Friday morning Barbara and I saddled up Hi Ho again and head south to Rundi’s to rest and then on to Newport Saturday morning to start a busy weekend.
First stop was for Shrek. this years Newport PAC’s annual show
Staring (well at least a major role she does not die in)
They have neat sweat shirts to advertise the show.
This Shrek was amazing
And of course another lead
And here comes Gingy
And who is ?
Here come the cast
Here comes her solo
Here comes the finale
After the show the cast all line up for a meet and greet.
The 3 main leads
And the Big Bad Wolf
And another great production was put to bed. Can’t wait for next year’s Mary Poppins.
Back to Rundi’s for some sleep and up early the next morning headed for Liberty High School, Hillsboro
The tables are set for the missions
Teams get instruction as to where they compete first
Round two coming up
Listening to the judge
And the crowd watches
The end comes, Cari and crew head home to Newport and we head to drop Rundi off and we head north the Kent. THE END
As is the custom the stockings were hung up the stairs with care.
and of course the hand rail was decorated
our Charlie Brown tree.
our tree top angel
decorations are ready
Ready for guests
more guests (family)
more of same
now for the food
now the stockings are opened
not done yet
now the important part
and more of the same
Well after a late night with Stephen and his family for our early Christmas Family Home Evening, at 5:30 AM we climbed into Hi HO and headed north to get on the boat for our overseas trip. (It actually was a ferry to Vancouver Island B.C.).
But it is a boat and we did cross the water. After a scenic trip through the San Juan Islands we arrived at Sidney B.C. Our destination was the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina
We were meeting with Harlyn and his family for “Christmas in Victoria”. They were staying in a time share condo, which when we Goggled to find out how far we were staying from them it was “80” meters. We shared a drive way and from our 9th floor balcony we could see their first floor corner condo. Our first stop was Miniature World just near the Empress Hotel. Then off to the Live Nativity in the city park. This is sponsored by the LDS Church and was free and open to all.
This was their 22nd year.
Christmas eve we decorated the tree (lamp actually)
She had to stand on a chair to put that angel up
And the finished tree.
And then to a mall for pictures with Santa
Last minute shopping at the Dollar Tree
Then on to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens
And other animals
Then on to Butchart Gardens
We did have dinner there
If you made a snowflake you got a free hot chocolate. And the girls did.
Now back home to wait for Santa to find us in the morning.
Even though this all happened at 6 AM we were awake
Reegan’s present from Grandma and Grandpa Jenkins
The reason for our early start Christmas morning was because Harlyn had booked us breakfast as the famous Empress Hotel
After breakfast we wandered through the lobby
They had many company sponsored trees
Ella waiting with me
Then back to our room
Friday was a day of rest and more time spent in our hotel pool. it was a great indoor/outdoor with a hot tub close.
Saturday we packed up and headed home. We had not made a reservation on the Sidney to Tsawwassen ferry. It leaves every hour on the hour so we arrived for the 2 PM sailing and got on the 4 PM. Safe drive home, through the Peach Arch border crossing
And to put a cherry on the top, we paid $1.80 for gas on the US side of the border
Happy New Year to all
Before O’Dark thirty on Barbara’s birthday we crawled into Hi Ho
and headed south for the “Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League 2014 Qualifying Tournament” hosted by Evergreen Air and Space Museum. McMinnville Oregon
They have a lot of neat displays including a SR 71
And of course the featured display
Cari is the 4-H leader for the Newport Oregon Club,
The idea is each team program their robot made from Lego
They have a series of “Missions” to complete on a preset course.
They have 2.5 minutes to complete as many “Missions” as possible with points scored for each one completed.
The team registers
Neat team shirts
They compete in 3 rounds over the course of 4 hours.
They set up the robot
They are judged on each round
Getting ready for round 2
The team watch
One of the other teams
Then we break for lunch
They brought wrist bands to trade with other team members
And finally waiting for the end results
We move on, see you in January 2015 at the State competitions
Pizza with the family to celebrate Barbara’s birthday complete with really BIG cupcakes special delivery by Harlyn.
Then back into Hi Ho and a quick stop at Rundi’s and then home , it was a long (16 hour) day but well worth the trip
Tuesday morning we climbed into good ole Hi Ho, picked up Stephenie Welch and headed for Idaho. We got to Meridian late afternoon and met Stephenie’s son and family at the grade school open house. Barbara and I then continued east for a few more miles. After a good night’s sleep we headed for Brigham City Utah where we met Sister Lance and Lici for lunch at the famous Maddox Ranch House. “Utah’s Family Dining Destination” Then we did some shopping at the fruit stand across the road (in 99 degree weather), back into the air conditioned Hi Ho and off to Provo where Stephen had already used his smart phone to turn the air conditioner on and the house was nice and cool.
Next morning we headed back to Salt Lake City for some time in the Family History Center.
Barbara took a class on how to get started teaching others about family history and I went to the “Australian” section and did some research. Very productive for both of us. We have been told many times never to eat at a place called “Moms” Well we found a Chinese restaurant called “Mom’s Kitchen” and just had to stop.
The large screen TV had a news feed from Taiwan and not in English and no subtitles. The menu did have English subtitles so we could figure out what we wanted to eat. Not bad and we laughed most of the time.
Next day we attended the event we have driven to Utah to see. The Autumn Classic Arabian Show
Brooklyn was riding her two horses in. First event was Brooklyn and “Flip”
First place and first blue ribbon. Second event was with “Slick”
Second blue ribbon. Next event Slick again.
Third Event third blue ribbon. Forth event Flip again and again blue ribbon and also Grand Champion
Her stable mate was Reserve Grand Champion
Eager spectators watch the exciting show
Last day and last event. Come on Slick.
And of course the fifth blue ribbon and second Grand Champion of the show.
Total count 2 horses = 5 blue ribbons and each horse a Grand Champion.
And to finish off the show, both girls and their “loot”
And the star of the show
Once the show was over we did some quick site seeing in Provo and visited the site of the new Provo temple
Back to Idaho, went to my grand niece’s baby shower in Emmett, Idaho. Held in the local park with “lots” of attendees.
Dinner with some more family in Nampa, spent the night in Meridian and then picked up Stephenie for an uneventful trip home.
Tuesday afternoon Barbara boarded the southbound Amtrak
at the new almost finished good looking Tukwilla station. Her destination was Rundi’s in Vancouver.
She would meet up with Rundi, Cari, Reegan and Ella. Cari and the girls had been there over a week. Reegan was well into her second week of “Theater camp” and Ella had finished her week long Portland Timbers’ soccer camp and was “BORED”. Grandma’s job was to help Ella with her back to school clothes shopping. I stayed home, visited with my brother and his wife, got a couple project finished and caught up on my Formula One races.
Saturday morning Cari’s parents came to our home and we all three jump into faithful Hi Ho
and headed south also. We met up with all the ladies and Harlyn who had arrived the night before. Reegan’s end of camp’s performance was scheduled for 2:30PM that day.
After resting at Rundi’s we got into two cars and headed to Portland for the Children’s theater.
Junie Save the Day! was the name of the play.
Reegan played Charlotte
and as it turns out also the “Magic Mirror on the Wall”
Lots of great lines as they do “Fractured Fairy Tales” as the class project.
She even had a singing part
It closed with much applause and cast photos.
We all went back to Rundi’s and had a great “Linner” (the main meal between lunch and dinner)
Barbara, I and Cari’s parents got into Hi Ho and headed north. Harlyn and his family stayed the night and then headed home. All arrived safely and Rundi got her house back once again.
We all lived happily ever after. THE END
Brooklyn left Utah for Idaho before we did.
The destination was the Arabian horse at the Idaho Center in Nampa Idaho.
Barbara and I jumped (slowing that is) into Hi Ho Silver
and headed east. We had a little time before we watch Brooklyn ride so we went to a youth Rodeo near my sister Jill’s place. We watched Sydnee (her granddaughter) ride in a couple of events. While we were watching we saw this young man, probably 6 or 7, with a HUGE belt buckle.
Back to the Idaho center and watched Brooklyn ride both of her horses.
Between shows we did some sightseeing. In Kuna we saw this sign and had to take the picture as Brooklyn turned 17 earlier last month
Also another interesting sign.
We then drove by where our grandparents lived in the white house (notice the color now)forever.
The willow tree in the front yard was still there but much bigger now.
It is over 80 years old. We had fun swinging on it when we were kids but if we broke a part off it was used to, how do you say, well let’s just say we were encouraged with the broken piece not to do it again.
Back to the show where Brooklyn & Slick won a Grand Champion ribbon and we were all very happy.
We had a family BBQ at our sister Janice’s home. This was very nice of her as she was getting ready for her wedding a short two weeks in the future. Great times by all and we got to catch up on what the families were doing.
After the show was over we climbed into ole Silver and faded into the Western sun set and safely home.